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What's in Your Pets First Aid Kit?
In addition to bodywork, you may need to treat your pet with items that you have in your pantry. Here are a few natural remedy suggestions.
Cool water: Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the "armpits" and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl.
Saline solution: Versatile saline is available at the vet's office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids.
Vinegar: It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppy eared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. " Don't use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,".
Honey: Apply this sweet unguent to gums to heal, counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet's insulin levels are off.
Sugar: Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue.
Plain yogurt: Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system.
Cornstarch: This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents.
Calendula: Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Calendula tea sprayed liberally on coats keeps mosquitos and flies at bey.
Aloe: Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as Chapstick. "Older pets often have cracked skin and it helps keep the pet comfortable."
Rescue Remedy: Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it into a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat or food. This combination of flower essences helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species.
Clean cloths: For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it's best to go to the vet's office immediately so that airways don't swell up and hinder breathing.
**Natural Remedies are not, nor are they intended to be a substitute for traditional veterinary care**